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Fillmore Central sets goals for 2015


Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Education



Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with the goals for 2014-15 as recommended by the World’s Best Workforce committee. The state identified five areas to work on; kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade literacy, closing achievement gaps, all students career and college ready, and graduation rate. The committee created goals to help the district improve in those areas.

A different kindergarten readiness test will be given that will hopefully give the district a better idea how ready students are. Keith said sometimes kids are ready intellectually but not necessarily socially. Last year’s readiness test showed 94 percent of students were ready for kindergarten.

As for 3rd grade literacy goals, the district will be doing AIMSweb testing to determine how the students are doing. Scores from fall will be compared with scores in the spring. Keith said they are scoring quite well already.

Fillmore Central will not be able to determine the achievement gap in terms of racial differences because there is not enough diversity. They can, however, work on the gap when it comes to students who qualify for free lunches and those who do not, and students in special educataion versus general education.

The four-year graduation rate shows how many students graduate after four years of high school. The rate for Fillmore Central is 90 percent, which is well above the state average.

2015 Organization

The board elected officers for 2015. Ross Kiehne will remain chairperson, Craig Britton the vice-chair, and Jim Love the clerk. Deb Ristau was nominated vice-clerk, and Sue Sikkink will remain treasurer.

Board salaries will remain the same as 2014, as will the committee assignments.

The official appointments and designations for 2015 will also remain the same. The official depositories are First Southeast Bank in Harmony, F&M Bank in Preston, and First State Bank in Fountain. The official newspapers are the Fillmore County Journal and the Fillmore County News Leader. The official stations for school closings are KQYB, KFIL, KROC, KNXR, KTTC-TV, and Harmony and Preston cable channels. The official legal counsel of the school district is Knutson, Flynn, and Deans. Official notices will be posted at the district office in Preston and the High School office in Harmony.

The school board meetings will conti .....
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Marjorie Hahn Flaby

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Marjorie Hahn Flaby, 84, of Preston, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Harmony Care Center. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial took place in C ..... 
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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink. Well, now there’s another option. Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with ..... 
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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn. While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed. Her ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students selected from Fillmore Central

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The following ten Fillmore Central Band Students on being selected to participate in the 2015 Luther College Dorian Honor Band on Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23, in Decorah, Iowa: Participating in the Massed Bands: Cami Jones, flute ..... 
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Rose Kathryn Haagenson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rose Kathryn Haagenson, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in West Chicago, Ill. She was born July 22, 1925 in Preston, Minn., the daughter of John and Lena (nee Krock) Shields. Rose was united in marriage to Stanley H ..... 
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Many make tracks to Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston All

A mild but breezy evening was on tap for Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off 2015 on January 17 in Preston, Minn. with many area residents and guests attending. The free event is sponsored by the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tra ..... 
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Preston woman survives vehicular plunge into Root River

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

At approximately 7:11 p.m., on Friday, January 9, 2015, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a report that there was a one vehicle accident south of Wykoff on County Road 5, just south of County Road 12 on the way to Forest ..... 
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